First let me say the narrator of this book does a wonderful job. I am actually glad I listened to this book because I think I would have hated reading it. The narrator at least brought the characters to life and made a bad story and mediocre writing at least bearable. I should qualify my review by saying this book was written in 1975, so I really tried to keep my opinions in that context. That was a very volatile time in the gay rights movement. As an exposure to that time and the challenges that gay men had to face, I think the book does a great job. However, as a romance/love story I did not enjoy it. Not because the love story wasn’t poignant and beautiful, but because of the direction the author chose to take it. It was like she took the reader on this wonderful ride only to pull the rug out from under us in the end. I realize the “shock” value of what she did, but I really don’t think it was necessary and it seemed almost cruel. Also, in my opinion, the aftermath wasn’t executed well enough to gain the “acclaim” this book seemed to have. Maybe in 1975 it was considered great art, but in 2013 I don't think it survives the test of time. I wish she had just stuck with the gay rights message and not delved into the love story; I think I would have enjoyed it more.
3.5 rounded up. This was a sugar coma read. The good parts are that the narrator does a great job and II enjoyed Emilio and his family very much. I love strong supportive families in my mm romance. Also, we had both MCs POV, which was very good. The bad parts were that Spencer came off as kind of a wimp and in some instances TSTL. This is an instalove situation, no angst, no drama, just sweet romance. The backstory is told to the reader, so there is a very superficial "struggle with the past" element woven in, but it has a quick resolution. And there is an ex boyfriend conflict that is also pretty weak. Overall the net effect is a nice comfort read that is enjoyable but forgettable.
I really enjoyed this 2nd installment of the Morning Report series. Noah and Tommy are adorable. It nice seeing Luke and Simon again as well as the other supporting characters. The couple gets together pretty early on so most of the book is about Tommy coming out, their day to day lives, the homophobic pastor and other town bigots continuing to make trouble for the couple and the ranch. Luke and Simon have some drama, which is continued in a short story called Luke's Present. Overall, worth a credit and I look forward to the next book in audio.
This is a repost of a review which was deleted by Audible due to some technical issues with the book.
I really enjoyed this book. Paul Morey does a fabulous job. This story is good mm romance with a lot of adventure. There was basic world building, but enough to intrigue. However, the ending leads me to believe there is a sequel as major plot lines were unresolved. I hope so. I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this book.
This is a repost of a review that was deleted by Audible b/c of some technical issue with the book. By this time I have listened to all four books in the series. This was my original review:
This was a solid 3.5 listen, but only b/c the narrator does a great job. The story is just OK. Without the narrator I would not have liked this book. It reads like a fairytale and is not well written. There is no depth to the MCs, but it is a sweet, short story, so take it for what it is. I probably won't continue the series though.
Epilogue: So I have listened to all four books now and I have to say I really enjoyed the series. Listening to the first book helps a lot with the rest of the series as these characters are recurring throughout. Still is a fairy tale and the narrator still does a great job:
Solid 3.5 read. Paul Morey did a great job. This is a sweet and fluffy read with some very humorous geek lore woven in. But to my surprise I found out I am an old school geek when I could only identify with half of geekdom. Didn't know about "steampunk" or the computer geek lore, but I was all over the Star Trek vs Star Wars debate. But I digress. Not a lot happens here but the romance between Fee and Ash is very sweet but pretty predictable.
This wasn't bad and it wasn't anything special. The narrator does a great job but the story is weak. I don't know why I keep expecting anything different from an author that seems to turn stories out like McDonalds does hamburgers and they are all variations of the same story. The story is too short to really be too detail, but it is what it is and I'm a sucker for hot fireman. Not worth a credit, but maybe a sale.
This is a VERY funny M/M romcom listen from TJ Klune. The narrator was perfect and really brought all the characters to life, especially the MCs. He was fabulous!! My only warning is you will laugh out loud at this book, so be warned if you happen to be in public at the time. Also, I truly hope there is a sequel on the way and they can get this same narrator. There is a weird production error between chapters where there is a 7 - 12 sec pause and you feel like the narration stopped; it didn't, just a long pause between chapters. Other than that, this was a great listen. Definitely worth a credit.
I think this was my favorite of the series so far, although I did really like the 1st book, Inherit the Sky. All the previous couples make an appearance in this book, but this book is much darker than the previous books. The author delves into some abuse and PTSD issues and I think handles them very well. The narrator continues to do a great job and I hope there is another sequel soon. Although this book is part of the series, I'd say you have to read the 1st book, but not book 2 or 3 to enjoy this one. I liked all the books and each couple kind of stands on their own, but Caine and Macklin are in all the books. Worth a credit.
This is the 3rd book of the series. However, I read the first book (Cop Out) and I think this book is really the sequel to the first book as it involves Kurt's brother Ian, who makes appearances in Cop Out. I haven't read the 2nd book, but reading the 1st helps with this one. Now the review. I really enjoyed this book and Tristan James as the narrator is just wonderful. Since this also involves a big Irish family, his wonderful brogue makes an appearance. I also like that we get both MCs POV. The relationship between Ian and Rick is a complicated one because of Rick's past. The blurb implies that Ian's "coming out" is a big part of the story, but it really isn't. It is primarily a story of Rick overcoming the "rules" he has imposed on all his relationships and taking a chance with Ian. And the author does a cute little twist at the end so it is not totally predictable. I connected with both MCs and enjoyed their journey to finding love. Worth a credit.
Another winner by Josh Lanyon and Kevin Free. This is a wonderful, spooky short story with a HFN romance. I listened to it in one sitting and was enthralled the whole time. The only bad thing is that it wasn't longer. I would love a sequel as it ends on a twilight zone type ending. Worth a credit.
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